Urban Refuge News

Adoption & Foster Care Group

Saturday, September 8, 5:00-8:00 PM, Gathering Space. Please join us as we kick off another year! This year, we will be reading and discussing the book “Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control” by Heather Forbes. All individuals/families who are at any stage of adopting/fostering are welcome to join us. We meet on the second Saturday of the month from September through May. Questions? Contact Tasha Ness.

Kids Night Out

1000 Prayers for 1000 People

Saturday, August 18, 5:30-8:30 PM, Cafeteria. Kids ages 3-11 are invited to a time of dinner, worship, and prayer activities as we enjoy Jesus together. Questions? Contact Rusty Grunditz, 651-210-4450.

Hey Parents!


Sunday, August 19. The K-5th Grade children will be part of the band (leading us in some worship songs) and reciting their four summer Romans memory verses. Invite your friends and families.


Children will be 'moving up' to their next age or grade level on Sunday, September 9. Our check-in software will automatically move them to their next age or grade level.

If you have any questions, contact Scooter Harmes, 612-743-8087.



We’re looking for people with meeting space available in their home or office. We also need those willing to lead a small group. Time commitment would be either short term (4-6 weeks) or long term (6 months - 1 year).


Saturday, August 25, 9:00-11:00 AM, Room 101. Interested in leading a small group? Training is available for anyone that is considering leading or co-leading this coming fall. Please RSVP.

Contact: Aaron Lissarrague.

Men’s Seminar

Looking Back, Living Here & Leaving a Legacy

Mondays, August 27, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 7:00-8:30 PM, Gathering Space. Paul Reeth, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will be facilitating a 6-week program for men who desire to explore life...past, present and future. Paul will use music, videos, humor, stories, discussion questions and Biblical truths to help men understand themselves, improve their most important relationships and grow into the men they’re called to be in Christ. Cost is $20. Register on our App in Events or online HERE by August 26. Questions? Contact Scott Vander Heiden, 952-237-8479.

Women’s Events Planning Meeting

Monday, August 20, 7:00-9:00 PM, Room 215. Help plan our women's fall social! We’re planning our fall women's social event, which will be in the evening of October 6, and we'd love some new ideas and helpers! If you'd like to be a part of the team for this event, please join us for our planning meeting! Questions? Contact women@theurbanrefuge.com.

United by the Core: Commitment to God & His Word


In a changing world, there is no greater comfort than the unchanging, enduring word of God. An unwavering, abiding commitment to the Word of God is at the very core of what unites us. “United By the Core” is a special all-location message series designed to encourage and unite our five locations. These three weeks in August will stir your heart and inspire renewed hope in the promises of our eternal God.

Youth Group Band


Wednesday, August 1, 7:00-8:30 PM, Sanctuary. We are gearing up towards another season of youth group, and we are looking to grow our band! If you are a youth entering 7th grade (or any grade higher) and would like to audition, this is your chance.  Please don't be nervous, we are going to make this as fun and easy as possible. Contact Katie at ktbrwn37@gmail.com or 612-581-1694 (call/text) with questions, to sign up, and for information on what you will need to prepare.


Wednesday, August 15, 7:00-8:30 PM, Sanctuary. For those of you already in the band, please mark your calendars for this upcoming meeting.

Do Justice Conference

With Bryan Stevenson & Dr. Kenneth Young

At Christ Presbyterian Church 6901 Normandale Road Edina

Thursday, November 8, 1:00 - 5:30 PM, $79. The Do Justice Conference is for pastors and faith leaders to explore how racial justice is an essential part of the gospel. As we confront the ethical issues of mass incarceration and racial tension in society, we will explore our Biblical mandate to uphold principles of compassion, justice and forgiveness. Bryan Stevenson, Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author will share an impactful message on the power of just mercy to break the generational cycles of retribution, victimization and abuse of power. Bryan Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates.

For more information & Registration, go HERE.


Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy. Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing.

Engage by Serving

Browse Through Our Ministry Profile

Here at Urban, there is a serving opportunity for everyone! We have ministries that work with children, others that pray for those in need, and many that work to walk alongside people, wherever they are in life and their spiritual journey. Go HERE and read through the various ministry opportunities that range from 15 minutes once a month to a couple of hours a week. We would love to help you serve in the areas God has gifted you.


Get out your smart phone and look up “The Urban Refuge” in your app store. This will be the tool you need, as an Urban Refuge attender, to be up to date on all the news, events and happenings here.

Remember to turn notifications on. We’ll use those to give you critical messages like snow cancellations and other important reminders.

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Multi-location News

All Location College Bible Study

An all location college Bible study is going to be starting up at the UMN this fall. To gauge interest, decide on a meeting time, and get help to name our group, please fill out this survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

The pastors have answered some frequently asked questions about the investigation.  Their answers can be found HERE.

30th Anniversary Celebration CANCELLED

Given the recent investigation results and all of the resulting emotions being felt throughout our multi-location church family, we have decided this August would not be the proper time for an anniversary celebration, so we have decided to cancel the previously planned August 19th event. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, "There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance”. Let’s take this time to weep and mourn with those in need, knowing that the Lord will give us another time to celebrate in the future.

Immigrant Hope-Bloomington

Immigrant Hope, directed by Pastor Jeff Groen of Evergreen-Bloomington, is a non-profit organization that was created to serve the immigrant community in Bloomington and the Twin Cities south metro area with the HOPE of the gospel, HELP finding a pathway to legal residency, and a HOME in a church that cares for their needs. The staff is accredited by the Department of Justice and meets with immigrants, helping them understand their options and, if able, providing low-cost immigration legal services. Immigrant Hope – Bloomington is located in the Admin Wing here at Evergreen Church-Bloomington. Questions? Contact bloomington@immigranthope.org or 952-564-3767.

Classified Ads Online

Do you have something for sale, a room for rent, a business to advertise? Our classified ads come from and are available to all our locations, online. If you're a member (you have gone through the New Member’s Seminar and have signed the Membership Covenant) you can submit an ad by filling out the online form HERE.

The Classified can be seen online HERE.

men’s support & recovery

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Evergreen Church-Bloomington (2300 E 88th Street, Bloomington). Room 128.  For those with life-controlling behaviors. Contact Dick George at menssupport@evergreenchurch.com or 612-860-8081, please leave a message.


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

Urban Refuge-Downstairs, various days. Join us for some faith-based fitness fun! Classes will encourage everyone, regardless of age or ability, to become more prepared (more fit) to live lives that are healthy and whole so that we are better able to love God and others. Drop-ins of all fitness levels are always welcome and there is no fee. Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at crystalvandy@gmail.com or 952-687-1217 for the schedule.




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